I just received an e-mail from someone who believes that just because he refuses to use Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, that the viruses, spyware and other problems that affect these applications cannot impact his system in any way. He refuses to understand that Internet Explorer is still integrated so tightly into Windows that it always runs whether you use it or not, and is still capable of picking up viruses, spyware and other exploits that give attackers unparrallelled access to a computer at little to no cost of time or energy.
Strangely, the same person thinks there is no speech synthesizer in Linux that can speak the language he needs. Funny that I found one in all of 1 minute, and wasn’t even half looking for it. Even better, the voices I found are able to be used by two different freedomware speech synthesizers, Espeak and Festival.
I have heard it said that someone who has no knowledge of how a computer works shouldn’t even sit down in front of one. I never wanted to take it that far, but the person who e-mailed me and prompted me to write this blog post is starting to make me feel that this is more true than I ever imagined.